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Summary Report: CALIFORNIA

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  • Distribution of Environmental Burdens in CALIFORNIA

    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY RACE/ETHNICITY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    People of Color 33000  1.27
    Whites 26000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    People of Color 370  1.32
    Whites 280

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    People of Color .31  1.63
    Whites .19

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    People of Color 87  2.35
    Whites 37


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY INCOME

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 31000  1.11
    High Income Families 28000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 340  1.13
    High Income Families 300

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Low Income Families .25  1.09
    High Income Families .23

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Low Income Families 78  1.70
    High Income Families 46


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 32000  1.14
    Families Above Poverty 28000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 350  1.17
    Families Above Poverty 300

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty .26  1.13
    Families Above Poverty .23

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Families Below Poverty 84  1.79
    Families Above Poverty 47


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY CHILDHOOD POVERTY

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 33000  1.10
    Kids Above Poverty 30000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 350  1.13
    Kids Above Poverty 310

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty .26  1.13
    Kids Above Poverty .23

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Kids Below Poverty 83  1.73
    Kids Above Poverty 48


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY EDUCATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 35000  1.35
    Highschool Graduates 26000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 350  1.13
    Highschool Graduates 310

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates .3  1.30
    Highschool Graduates .23

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Non-Highschool Graduates 83  1.63
    Highschool Graduates 51


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY JOB CLASSIFICATION

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Working Class People 30000  1.25
    Non-Working Class People 24000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Working Class People 330  1.06
    Non-Working Class People 310

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Working Class People .26  1.04
    Non-Working Class People .25

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Working Class People 63  1.21
    Non-Working Class People 52


    DISTRIBUTION OF BURDENS BY HOME OWNERSHIP

    Releases of Toxic Chemicals
    (indicator of chemical releases)   Ratio
    Renters 25000  0.89
    Homeowners 28000

    Cancer Risks from Hazardous Air Pollutants
    (added risk per 1,000,000)   Ratio
    Renters 290  0.81
    Homeowners 360

    Superfund Sites
    (sites per square mile)   Ratio
    Renters .19  0.59
    Homeowners .32

    Facilities Emitting Criteria Air Pollutants
    (facilities per square mile)   Ratio
    Renters 33  0.36
    Homeowners 92


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